It has been a whirlwind ride for professional wrestler Austin Theory.
Theory, known as Austin White away from the squared circle, debuted on the December 25th episode of NXT, answering Roderick Strong’s North American Championship open challenge.
Yes, Theory lost but his appearance opened up the door to future opportunities. And then an opportunity came knocking.
The 22-year-old grappler — who replaced Andrade, out with a rib injury — made his main roster debut on March 30th on WWE’s RAW broadcast as Zelina Vega’s newest stable acquisition, tagging with gifted high flyer Angel Garza.
Andrade’s misfortune turned out to be Theory’s blessing, as Theory and Garza took on the Street Profits — Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins — in the WWE RAW Tag Team Title Match at WrestleMania 36
Though Theory and Garza went down in defeat to the Street Profits, the fact the Georgia native has performed at pro wrestling’s biggest event of the year, speaks volumes of the way the WWE feels about his potential, in my opinion.
Just to think, I saw Theory, Evolve Champion at the time, compete at Evolve 135 in Brooklyn in Septemeber. And now, he’s wrestling before millions of TV viewers.
Sure, perhaps Theory’s RAW run is short-lived, depending upon how long Garza is shelved? Who knows?
Additionally, the former National Physique Committee (NPC) amateur bodybuilding champion needs to fine-tune his in-ring abilities and mic skills, but he has the look and athleticism to go a long way in this business.
But if Theory does enough to impress the WWE brass in the meantime, there’s no telling where his upward trajectory is going to take him.
— Jerry Del Priore